The Los Angeles Angels DFA Brett Oberholtzer

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Friday 28 October 2016 at 10:12 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 27-year old lefty reliever/starter Brett Oberholtzer for assignment.  He pitched in 11 games (2 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-1 with a 8.55 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.  He gave up 27 hits (7 homers) and 9 walks while whiffing 16 batters in 20 innings for the Angels.  Oberholtzer pitched in 37 games (2 starts) for the Angels and Phillies last year in which he was 3-3 with 1 save, a 5.89 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 82 games (44 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 14-23 with 1 save, a 4.36 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Some team will give Oberholtzer a chance in 2017, but the Angels saw enough of him to know that they didn’t want him back for next year, and it’s hard to blame them for that.

UPDATE:  (11/4/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Brett Oberholtzer to AAA.

Johnny Giavotella rejects an outright assignment to AAA from the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 10:35 am

29-year old righty swinging 2B Johnny Giavotella has rejected an outright assignment to AAA from the Los Angeles Angels, so he will become a free agent this winter.  Giavotella played in 99 games for the Angels last year and he was 90 for 346 (.260 avg, .662 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 6 homers, 31 RBI and 4 stolen bases.  He played in 228 games in his two years with the Angels and he was 213 of 799 (.267 avg, .680 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 10 homers, 80 RBI and 6 stolen bases.  Giavotella has now played in 353 games in his first six years in the show and he is 317 of 1,236 (.256 avg, .656 OPS) with 148 runs scored, 14 homers, 125 RBI and 14 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Angels moving forward.  At the same time, Giavotella should have little problem finding a new team to play for this winter.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Kirby Yates off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 4:24 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 29-year old righty reliever Kirby Yates off waivers from the New York Yankees.  Yates pitched in 41 games (0 starts) for the Yankees in 2016 and he was 2-1 with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Yates gave up 41 hits and 19 walks while whiffing 50 batters in his 41 1/3 innings for the Yankees in 2016.  Yates has now pitched in 98 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 3-3 with 1 save, a 5.25 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Yates will get a shot to win a spot in the Angels’ pen in 2017 next spring.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Blake Parker off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 4:21 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 31-year old righty reliever Blake Parker off waivers from the New York Yankees.  Parker pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Mariners and Yankees last year in which he was 1-0 with 1 save, a 4.67 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He gave up 17 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 15 batters in 17 1/3 innings in the show last year.  Parker has now pitched in 91 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 3-3 with 2 saves, a 3.87 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  This was a good guy to take a flier on, as Parker will get a shot to win a spot in the Angels’ bullpen for the 2017 season next spring.

UPDATE:  (11/22/2016) – The Angels have designated Blake Parker for assignment.

UPDATE II:  (11/25/2016) – The Angels have lost Blake Parker on waivers to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA A.J. Achter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 4:17 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 28-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter for assignment.  Achter pitched in 27 games (0 starts) for the Angels in 2016 and he was 1-0 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  He gave up 43 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 14 batters in his 37 2/3 innings for the Angels this year.  Achter has now pitched in 45 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 2-1 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Achter will get a shot with another team to show what he can do in 2017.

UPDATE:  (10/11/2016) – A.J. Achter has cleared waivers and he has rejected an outright assignment to AAA, so he will become a free agent.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Nick Buss

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 4:13 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nick Buss for assignment.  Buss played in 36 games for the Los Angeles Angels this year and he was 16 of 81 (.198 avg, .593 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  He also played in 87 games in AAA-ball for the Angels last year in which he was 96 of 331 (.290 avg, .807 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 6 homers, 46 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  Buss has now played in 44 games in his first two years in the show and he is 18 of 100 (.180 avg, .529 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  The Angels shouldn’t miss Buss too much moving forward.

UPDATE:  (10/11/2016) – Nick Buss has cleared waivers and he has rejected an outright assignment to AAA, so he will become a free agent.

The Los Angeles Angels shut down Albert Pujols

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 30 September 2016 at 9:03 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have shut down 36-year old righty swinging 1B/DH Albert Pujols for the rest of the season due to a foot injury.  Pujols played in 152 games for the Angels this year and he was 159 of 593 (.268 avg, .780 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 31 homers, 119 RBI and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 721 games in his first five years with the Angels and he is 752 of 2,826 (.266 avg, .799 OPS) with 379 run scored, 146 homers, 488 RBI and 23 stolen bases.  Pujols was an All-Star for the first time for the Angels in 2015, but he played better for them this year.  He is at the midway point of his 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels.

Andrew Bailey has been impressive for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 11:16 am

The Los Angeles Angels signed 32-year old righty reliever Andrew Bailey after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies, and he has been sharp for them so far!  Bailey has pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-0 with 6 saves, a 2.61 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.  Bailey has given up 7 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 7 batters in his first 10 1/3 innings for the Angels.  Bailey has now pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Angels and Phillies overall this year and he is 3-1 with 6 saves, a 5.48 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

Ricky Nolasco is looking good for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 11:13 am

33-year old righty starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco is looking like a new (and much better) pitcher since the Los Angeles Angels acquired him at the trade deadline from the Twins.  Nolasco has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-6 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He has given up 58 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 47 batters in his first 65 innings for the Angels.  Nolasco has now pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Twins and Angels overall this year and he is 7-14 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Nolasco has one year left on his 4-year, $49 million dollar deal that he signed with the Twins, so he will be part of the Angels’ rotation in 2017.

Kole Calhoun is turning in another solid year for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 11:10 am

28-year old lefty swinging RF Kole Calhoun is turning in another rock solid year for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016!  Calhoun has played in 152 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 154 of 577 (.267 avg, .768 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 17 homers, 70 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Calhoun has now played in 517 games in his first five years with the Angels and he is 508 of 1,918 (.265 avg, .759 OPS) with 287 runs scored, 68 homers, 244 RBI and 14 stolen bases.  He is a building block for the Los Angeles Angels!

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